Posted on: January 17, 2012 10:35 am

1/17 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Texas had six recruits enroll early this week.

 Tennessee can sign a full 25 players with the roster they currently have.

 More on the Cal/Tosh Lupoi saga and the impact on Shaq Thompson and Arik Armstead.

 UCF grabbed two quarterbacks, including transfer maven Tyler Gabbert.

 Can Brent Pease recruit at Florida? Seems like it.

A recruiting profile of USC-bound safety Gerald Bowman.

 Arizona State's loss is Arizona's gain.

 Jameis Winston could be a boon to Florida State's offense.

 Utah grabbed two players out of Texas, a wide receiver and a defensive back.

 Josh Manley committed to Syracuse on Sunday.

 Xavier Stephens is going to be calling Nevada home.

 Playing time was a factor so defensive end Javonte Magee picked Baylor.

 Running back Anthony Wales is going to make his way to Louisville.

Posted on: January 16, 2012 12:17 pm

Big weekend for South Carolina with two commits

Posted by Bryan Fischer

South Carolina landed two big time players for this year and next with commitments from Stone Mountain (Ga.) Army All-American running back Mike Davis and 2013 offensive tackle D.J. Park over the weekend.

"You know, some people don't know, South Carolina stayed on me all the time - even when I was committed to Florida," Davis told Rivals. "I actually was silently committed. I did it [not long] after I de-committed from Florida. My family already knew about it. Everyone is happy for me. My whole family is happy."

The 5-foot-9, 190-pound running back also seriously considered Georgia and Tennessee after decommitting from Florida. Davis is ranked as the 11th-best tailback in the country by Maxpreps and 157th overall in the class of 2012. He will be joined by one of the top in-state juniors who could be blocking for him soon.

"I just wanted to go ahead and do it," Park said. "I just like being up there. It's close to home and my family can some watch me play."

Davis rushed for 1,924 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior and becomes the 24th commitment for the class of 2012. Park becomes the first pledge for the class of 2013 and is one of Maxpreps top juniors.
Posted on: January 16, 2012 10:34 am

Vols add big defensive tackle and speedy athlete

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It was a productive weekend for Tennessee despite some coaching uncertainty as the program added two players who are complete opposites in terms of what they do on the field with pledges from speedy Crowley (La.) athlete Davante Bourque and mammoth Milledgeville (Ga.) junior college defensive tackle Daniel McCullers.

“They were the first one to offer me, so that was a big thing to me,” McCullers told GoVols247.com. “When they came up here, we talked. We had a good time. They’re real down-to-earth, the whole coaching staff. The new D-coordinator (Sal Sunseri), I know him from Alabama."

In addition to the Vols and Crimson Tide, Peters - all of 6-foot-6, 380-pounds - also held an offer from N.C. State and was drawing interest from several other programs. He will team up with the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Bourque, who previously was committed to Texas A&M and LSU before settling on Tennessee after an official visit and close ties with the current staff.

“Coach (Terry) Joseph and I have developed a really good relationship,” Bourque told InsideTennessee.com. “He is my main recruiter and he is a Louisiana guy so that has made things easier. He has been to the house a couple of time for visits and we sat down on the couch and had some gumbo.”

The pair gives the program a total of 20 commitments for the class of 2012. Bourque is ranked as the 20th best athlete in the class by Maxpreps.
Posted on: January 7, 2012 2:26 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 7:21 pm

Jordan Diggs heads up to South Carolina

Posted by Bryan Fischer

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Cape Coral  (Fla.) defensive back Jordan Diggs was keeping people guessing until the end but made his commitment public at the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl on national television by selecting South Carolina.

"All of these are really great schools and great fits for me," Diggs said. "But Gamecock Nation, here I come."

The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder can play just about every skill position on the field but likely goes to South Carolina as a safety. Diggs also considered Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Miami.

A four-star prospect, he is rated by Maxpreps as the 131st overall player in the class of 2012.

Posted on: January 5, 2012 3:48 pm

Junior Shaq Wiggins drawing plenty of attention

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Though he's a year and a couple of weeks away from signing his name to a letter of intent, Tyrone (Ga.) cornerback Shaq Wiggins is already getting into the thick of recruiting. One of the top players at the Rising Seniors Bowl at the end of last year, the talented defensive back recently picked up several scholarship offers and is seeing plenty of attention as schools turn their sights to the class of 2013.

"The latest are Wake Forest, Virginia and Tennessee," Wiggins said. "Tennessee, Virginia and Michigan are recruiting me the hardest."

"The DB coaches are great. Coach Lance Thomas from Tennessee is a cool guy and Coach (Derek) Dooley is a great guy and a good coach. The environment and the people around the college are great too. I've been down there like three times."

Wiggins exploded onto the scene with a terrific junior year that saw him snag nine interceptions. Schools from across the country are in contact with him and several others are on the cusp of offering.

"I'd say South Carolina, Florida, Michigan State, North Carolina and USC are close," he said. "Schools like that."

The 5-foot-10, 165-pound corner was one of the top competitors at the Rising Seniors Bowl in Atlanta, limited by cramps and a minor knee issue for most of the week before performing well in a game many didn't expect him to play. He had four tackles and led the victorious West team in pass breakups while running onto the field after icing between plays. While Wiggins knows what to look for in games, he also has an idea what he's looking for in colleges.

"It's a little bit of everything," he said. "The school itself, the education, the environment - I want to be surrounded by good people. Just things like that. Coaches, players and the team overall too."

Wiggins is planning on using the spring to get to campuses around the country and already has an idea as to when he wants to sit down and make his commitment.

"I've (already) visited Auburn, Michigan, Florida, Georgia and Georgia Tech," he said. "I might camp out at Alabama. I'm going to South Carolina's Junior Day, Florida's Junior Day, Virginia's Junior Day and maybe one more.

"I would like to get (a decision) done over the summer. I want to focus on my senior season, I want to have fun. Last year of high school, I'd never be able to it again. I plan on committing in June or July, sometime around then. I'll take a few visits during the spring."

Photo courtesy RisingSeniors.com
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Posted on: January 4, 2012 12:18 pm

1/4 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Tennessee commit Alton 'Pig' Howard is reconsidering his options with the changes at the program. Two recruits from Georgia have already parted ways.

 Ex-Florida recruit Mike Davis reveals what went wrong with the Gators.

 Notre Dame target Josh Garnett is on top of his game on and off the field.

 Offensive tackle Avery Young is down to Auburn, Florida and Georgia.

 Two class of 2011 players finally enrolled at Washington.

 Charlie Weis named a recruiting coordinator at Kansas and he's a familiar face.

 Playing in the Orange Bowl puts Clemson in a recruiting hotbed.

 Recruits are avoiding Penn State with the scandal and uncertainty at head coach.

 Junior college quarterback Cody Sokol picked Iowa over Arizona.

Posted on: January 3, 2012 8:11 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2012 8:13 pm

Offensive lineman Matt Cochran commits to Cal

Posted by Bryan Fischer

PHOENIX -- It was down to two schools for Atwater (Calif.) offensive lineman Matt Cochran and when better to commit to where you want to go to college than on national television at the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl with friends and family looking on.

"I'm going to be attending the University of California, Berkeley," Cochran said.

The 6-foot-4, 320-pound interior lineman was also seriously considering Tennessee and held offers from schools across the country. Cochran likely will play center upon arriving in the Bay Area but can also play guard or defensive tackle.

He is teammates with top 100 defensive tackle Aziz Shittu and had a monster year for Buhatch Colony High. Cochran's brother, Aaron, is a top 2013 recruit.

Maxpreps ranks Cochran as the 24th best guard/center in the country.

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